United States The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US  

Stan Holton
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The best places to raise a family in the US are those thriving cities best suited so live when raising children. These United States cities are among the top ten cities to live in the US as well as the best places to raise children in the US. Using a various criteria, these American cities came in as the best to settle down in and start a family.

While everyone has their own reasons for why they'd settle down in a specific city and start a family, such as being close to a job or relatives, but this list uses other criteria to select the best places in the United States to raise a family. Factors such as the crime levels, quality of schools, economic stability, housing and local attractions were just a few of the characteristics considered when choosing the best places to raise children in the United States. It's no coincidence that these are also some of the cleanest cities in the United States and US cities with the best culture.

These cities are spread wide across the country with cities in the east like Boston, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, through the midwest with Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, into the south with Raleigh, North Carolina, and Omaha, Nebraska, and out west with Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, all making the cut as some of the best cities in the US to raise a family. Everywhere on this list is somewhere that's the best place to raise kids.  

What factors do you look for when selecting a city in which to raise children? Have a favorite city in which you've already raised a family? Vote for the best US cities to raise a family, add any that are missing or re-rank this list your way, all below.
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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty22 added California, USA

2
51 70
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
taty11 added California, USA

3
59 90
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

4
41 70
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Silicon Valley, California, USA

5
32 22
Indianapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Indiana, USA

6
52 51
Boise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Idaho, USA

7
29 20
Columbus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added Ohio, USA

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67 72
Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

9
63 51
Ann Arbor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

10
22 37
Berkley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added Michigan, USA

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49 36
Grand Rapids is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Michigan, USA

12
27 55
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

13
43 30
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Minnesota, USA

14
25 53
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

15
25 21
Syracuse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

16
51 41
Burlington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Vermont, USA

17
25 54
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

18
26 24
Rochester is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

19
40 30
Madison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wisconsin, USA

20
57 70
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Washington, USA

21
31 49
Eugene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

22
29 80
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Elise Hennigan added California, USA

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19 51
Irvine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

24
13 40
Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

25
23 27
Buffalo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
JakeRumschik added New York, USA

26
37 34
Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

27
11 40
Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

28
27 55
Medford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
speroe added Oregon, USA

29
17 23
Greenville is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Fultongamez added South Carolina, USA

30
44 47
Provo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

31
30 45
Worcester is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Massachusetts, USA

32
27 41
Omaha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Nebraska, USA

33
15 47
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

34
28 49
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
dwhbb1 added Tennessee, USA

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32 35
Youngstown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Ohio, USA

36
39 47
Poughkeepsie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York City, New York, USA

37
26 29
Sioux Falls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
South Dakota, USA

38
15 27
Bend is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
MichaelTaus added Oregon, USA

39
15 46
Alameda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

40
27 34
Ogden is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Utah, USA

41
41 75
Austin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Texas, USA

42
19 56
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

43
4 1
Mesa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

44
4 1
Knoxville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Tennessee, USA

45
4 1
Tucson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
rocky 35 added Arizona, USA

46
19 39
Portland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Oregon, USA

47
17 45
Santa Clara is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
fad34fd added California, USA

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34 66
New York City is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
New York, USA

49
8 41
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
California, USA

50
25 36
Cheyenne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Places to Raise a Family in the US
Wyoming, USA